Cornell undergrads harness bacteria to clean up toxic site
By Sharlene Dong | Posted on 29 October 2014
Every fall, hundreds of people choose to seize the day and hurtle themselves off a 50-foot cliff. Crashing down into the waves, they plunge into cool water only to reemerge to blinding sunlight in their eyes and the wild hollers and cheers of their friends from up above. Exploring the gorges and taking a dip on the way down are common pastimes in the small town of Ithaca, New York, population 30,000, and home to Cornell University. Students and locals alike are constantly awed by the wondrous natural scenery that has earned Ithaca the title of "10 square miles surrounded by reality."
But just outside of campus, the site of the former Ithaca Gun Factory tells a different story. ...